Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Hot Dishety Damn

It is my understanding that my new job description as midwestern housewife includes the task "create new hot dish recipes." For those who don't live anywhere near Minnesota, a hot dish is a casserole, usually involving cream of mushroom soup, canned tomato sauce, or both. I have just completed my first original hot dish, which honest-to-God delighted my husband and daughter. Here it is:

1 lb ground beef
some spiral whole-wheat noodles
1 package Trader Joe's "Indian Fare" Punjab Eggplant (or same from Tasty Bites, it's the same thing)
1 can okra or package of frozen
1 onion
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 cup chicken broth

Brown beef, onions and garlic. Boil noodles. Combine all ingredients. Bake 20 minutes.

In other news, Nutmeg and I just returned from our first visit to our neighborhood farmer's market, which did not open until June 20 because it takes farmers in the Upper Midwest that long to produce anything. It was so-so. Pretty small. Alas, California produce, I knew him.

5 comments:

Kori said...

Okay, where is the creamy soup and/or tomato sauce? It sounds good, but so...well...healthy. Without the cream soup, what binds it together with the unmistakable creamy/bland taste that is hotdish.

tessence said...

Yes, unconventional, I know. But according to my copy of "The Great American Hot Dish," they don't ALL have cream o' mushroom soup. This one is actually kind of spicy, which is why Epu liked it.

Bert said...
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Bert said...

(Okay... I had to delete my first comment because, apparently, I can't spell.)

I'm sorry I missed the inventing of hotdish, a subject so close to my midwestern heart! On the subject of California produce... well, at least you get to combine totally unrelated ingredients and have people rave about your cooking! I do that here, but no one seems to like it. I think peanut butter, marshmallows, and tomato soup make a great dinner, personally.

mamazilla said...

re: farmers markets - you should check out the green city market - http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.com. i've always heard it's the best farmers market.

& here's a link to a suntimes article about the chicago markets - http://www.suntimes.com/special_sections/summer/markets.html

and last but not least - you HAVE to check out Stanley's Fruits and Vegetables @ 1558 N. Elston (@ fullerton, i think). they have THE BEST produce at reasonable prices. really! it's worth the trip!